Whistler boasts the best aprés skiing in the world … and it’s got the awards to back it up. Ski Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler and Outside Magazine all recognized Whistler’s nightlife as the greatest of 2011. Here are some of your best bets for a night of fun after a day on the slopes:
Garibaldi Lift Company
Described as a “three ring circus” by Ski Magazine, GLC is located right at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola. It’s won multiple awards for best aprés ski venue in North America and is well-loved for its large heated outdoor patio, big burgers and great concerts. It’s also a prime spot to watch the weekly fire and ice show—a spectacle that involves skiers and snowboarders hucking themselves through large flaming rings.
In the upper village at the base of the Wizard Express chairlift is this favourite spot for locals and seasonal Aussie workers. Bar-top dancing, caesars garnished with beef jerky and a DJ that spins from a gondola car suspended from the roof—what more do you want?
Today is the last day to take advantage of some pretty primo hotel deals courtesy Tourism Whistler. You’ve got until 11:59PST January 19, 2012 to get as much as 45% off at your pick of over a dozen properties.
This deal is pretty cool on its own, but Tourism Whistler has an even cooler promo on right now. They’re giving away a bobsled ride with an olympic bobsleigh coach. How awesome is that? I’m actually wishing I hadn’t told you; I’ve probably completely ruined my own odds of winning.
*Looking to save even more on your next trip to Whistler? Use this coupon to get 10% off activities, tours and things to do (like heliskiing for example).
The fastest and tastiest place to ski and snowboard in Western Canada? Looks like it’s Whistler/Blackcomb, according to Andrew Evans of National Geographic Traveler. Evans, the lucky bastard, just spent the last two weeks shredding the slopes at some of the best mountains in Alberta and British Columbia. He’s listed some faves in a recent blog post (five of his eight picks for eating and drinking are in Whistler).
Earlier this month he wrote a review of Whistler Blackcomb’s LIVE app for iPhone. In that post Evans quotes a snowboarder who says he used the app to clock a speed of 135 kmh (84 mph) on the Dave Murray Downhill. Andrew’s top speed was a modest 104 kmh. Perhaps he was weighed down by all that awesome food he’d been eating …